Argentine Jews relieved by Interpol decision

Argentine Jews are relieved by Interpol’s decision to put six suspects in the 1994 Jewish community center bombing on its most wanted list.

“Latin American Jewish communities are celebrating a historic moment in the fight against terrorism,” said Jack Terpins, the president of the Latin American Jewish Congress. “Interpol has demonstrated to the world its independence and commitment to justice, and to the clarification of the brutal attack that occurred in Argentina.”

Interpol’s General Assembly on Wednesday in Morocco voted to “red notice” five Iranians and a Lebanese accused in the AMIA center bombing in Buenos Aires that killed 85. A red notice marks the suspects as wanted but does not require a country to arrest or extradite them.

Argentine Jewish communal leaders, victims’ relatives and Israel’s ambassador to Argentina, Rafael Eldad, were pleased by the vote. Seventy-eight members of the General Assembly voted to accept the recommendation of the international police agency’s executive panel to red notice the suspects and 14 voted against; there were 26 abstentions.

The AMIA center’s president, Luis Grynwald, stressed the importance of the recent speech by Argentine President Nestor Kirhcner at the United Nations in which Kirchner demanded international cooperation to sort out the attack investigation.

 

 

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